Stamp seal depicting two reclining rams

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Ellipsoid shaped stamp seal with two animals motif, two reclining rams. Ram horns were incorporated into Sasanian crowns and thrones, thus the ram motif is associated with royalty.

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 224-651
Medium
Carnelian
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.5 × 1.7 × 2 cm (1 × 11/16 × 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick
Accession Number
F1999.6.53
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Tool and Equipment
Type

Seal

Keywords
Iran, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), sheep, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From prior to 1973 to 1999
Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick, Chevy Chase, Maryland, acquired by Dr. Leonard Gorelick before 1973. [1]

From 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick, Chevy Chase, Maryland. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.

[2] See Deed of Gift, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick

Description

Ellipsoid shaped stamp seal with two animals motif, two reclining rams. Ram horns were incorporated into Sasanian crowns and thrones, thus the ram motif is associated with royalty.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum